The Yakima Ridge Runners off-road club was not afraid to have a good time driving-hard through the rugged lands of Washington State.
Filmed in the late 1940s or 1950s, these two amazing videos feature all kinds of fun with Willys CJs over all types of terrain. The films represent a look into life of another time – a free spirited American adventure. The old school clothing (which includes gratuitous amounts of khaki and wool plaid jackets), camping and of course off-roading is all incredible to see. In between the log jumping, river crossing and winching I noticed a few signs from Snoqualmie National Forest. Probably safe to say that the current stewards of our National Parks would frown upon this type of activity today.
One thing that is astonishing to me is the fact that an enthusiast had the patience to document the Ridge Runners as they traversed forest, field and everything in between. These films are an amazing time capsule into the world of the adventure-loving 1950s American man.
Big thanks Jonas for the tip.